Visit one of the most substantial and important medieval religious sites in the Isle of Man – the impressive Rushen Abbey.
Located in Ballsalla, Rushen Abbey was originally a home for monks of the Sauvignac Order in 1134.
It later came under Cistercian control and was developed as the Island’s seat of religious power housing the main body of knowledge and literacy for the Island. During you visit you’ll learn about Christianity on the Island and what life was like for the Cistercian community here.
Walk through the remains of substantial medieval buildings and see where archeological research has revealed traces of more buildings below ground. Archeological remains are continually being exposed through excavation and brought into the public view. Try your hand at archeology, see the excavations and watch film diaries made by the archeologists.
Stroll through the Abbey Gardens where you’ll find more remains as well as being able to follow the footpath to the 14th century Monk’s Bridge in the nearby Silverdale Glen.
The interpretation centre at Rushen Abbey also details the other uses the prestigious site has had including its popularity for strawberry teas and tea dances!
Opening Times and Admission
Rushen Abbey is open daily from March to November.
Between March 31st and May 31st and September 1st to November 5th the abbey is open from 10am to 4pm. From June 1st to August 31st it is open between 10am and 5pm.
Admission costs £4.50 for adults and £2.25 for children. A family ticket, consisting of two adults and two children, costs £11.
The site has its own car park.
Disabled parking and accessible is available.
Location and Contact
Rushen Abbey, Mill Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DB.
For more information telephone 01624 648017 or visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.